Skip to comments.Wearing your hoodie in public could soon cost you up to a $500 fine
Posted on 01/04/2015 10:17:10 AM PST by Brother Cracker
OKLAHOMA CITY,Okla.-The cold Oklahoma weather has many sporting hoodies outside to help fight the cold, but wearing a hood in a public place could soon be against the law.
The idea of banning hoods is not new to Oklahoma, right now, there is a law banning hoods during crimes thats been around since the 20s.
It was originally drafted to help combat crimes from the Klu-Klux-Klan, but people we spoke with say a new amendment of banning hoodies in public could open doors to a bigger problem.
Theyre a common closet find, the hoodie.
Ive been wearing hoodies since I was a little kid, Eduar Carreon, a hoodie user said.
Even Kevin Durant is a hoodie fan.
If somebody is out running, especially in this kind of weather, where it`s cold, drizzly, you might be inclined to wear your hoodie at Lake Hefner, attorney James Siderias said.
21 OS 1301 has always made it a crime to wear a hoodie or some sort of disguise during the commission of criminal offense, Siderias says.
Now, a proposal for an amendment to that law, could make it illegal to hide your identity in public. The fine for your fashion crime? $500.
I think this is a violation of an individuals right to chose what they want to wear as long as it doesnt violate the realm of public decency and moral values, and I think this could be very problematic, Siderias said.
Senator Don Barrington authored the proposed amendment; he says they want to help victims of robberies.
The intent of Senate Bill 13 is to make businesses and public places safer by ensuring that people cannot conceal their identities for the purpose of crime or harassment .Similar language has been in Oklahoma statutes for decades and numerous other states have similar laws in place. Oklahoma businesses want state leaders to be responsive to their safety concerns, and this is one way we can provide protection. said Sen. Don Barrington of Lawton.
I think the legislature is just trying to make Oklahoma a little bit safer, and in doing so, I think they just over-reached a little bit, Siderias said.
They might have personal issues for keeping them on; they might have a bad hair day or maybe they have cancer or theyre losing their hair. You just dont know why, Tracy Wehagen said.
I dont think that solution will work. I just think that will cause a little more tension within the community. It probably will be a reason for cops to mess with more people wearing hoodies, A.T. said.
The proposal provides exceptions for religious garments, protection from weather, parades, Halloween celebrations and numerous other circumstances.
To read the full bill with the proposed amendment, click here.
I’m wearing my hoodie right now.
>>Now, a proposal for an amendment to that law, could make it illegal to hide your identity in public.
Really?? Is this what it comes down to now. I can’t stand hood rats, but this is BS. Are we going to have to start wearing IDs on a freakin’ lanyard next? Then, the implanted RFID chip?
Clearly we’ll never be safe till the government can track our every movement.
Typical. Instead of dealing with the problem directly let’s pass more laws that are intrusive, unconstitutional and impact the innocent more than offenders.
Like gun control. Like making being carded in order to buy spray paint.
Don’t want graffiti? 15 strokes with a cane for the first offense. Cut off a hand the second offense. Problem solved with out nanny laws and nanny taxes and stupid pols thinking they have done something useful.
So am I. I wear it in the house, it's for warmth, not for some political statement. It's Michigan and damp and I don't want to catch a chill.
My dad used to wear one all the time under his overalls. Who thinks of this stuff?
>>Clearly well never be safe till the government can track our every movement.
But, is that enough? Perhaps we would be safer if we all just moved into camps...where we could be more concentrated. They could build places to work right next door so we could be useful and productive without so much random travel.
Wow we have had our gray hoodie since the early 1970s. Still in great shape. Has a pouch in front for my hands. I guess I won’t go to Oklahoma anymore!
That is a HOOD in a hoodie! LOL
A hood in the hood with a hoodie?
And it would make you free, too...
1. On Parris Island, we had ponchos to wear in rainy weather, but were never allowed to wear the hood. Reasons unknown.
2. Wearing the hood obscures one's peripheral vision, and hearing, to an extent.
Sorry, peasant - hoodies are agin The Law.
Now, if you were Jon Corzine stealing a billion or two, or using an official government vehicle with an official government driver to go 30 mph above the speed limit, well - THAT'S a different story...
BE Jon Corzine, peasant. :)
1. You can buy 3.2 beer in a grocery, but no wine, alcohol or regular beer
2. A wine and liquor store cannot sell cold beer, or anything that doesn't contain alcohol - no bottle openers, tonic water, or snacks.
3. Until a few years ago, tattoo shops were illegal
4. You may only own one liquor store
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